Many people have preconceived notions of what exactly models do when they are on the clock. Some might think of something like this. But what many don't know is that what goes on behind the scenes, or what a day on a magazine shoot or campaign is like, is nothing more than merely waiting around.
Yes, that's correct, we don't get trailers or have people waiting on us for our every need. Hell, I once had to go behind a building and change into clothes in the middle of a shoot in broad daylight because the photographer couldn't afford studio space.
Nevertheless, every job is different; straight down the line from the photographer to the other models involved. It's honestly a crap shoot, I've been on jobs where the entire crew were friendly and we had a great time talking and getting to know one another... and then there were times where everyone sat around for nine hours on their phones, not saying a word to one another. That's just how it goes.
Also, there's the problem of not being the main model of the shoot, which is always the worst. You are basically a background model to the actual model or "star" of the shoot. You then have to wait around for hours for your turn to shoot, and when you actually do, there's no guarantees you will end up in the final product.
For example, in the beginning of my career when I was still in high school, I spent an entire Sunday onset waiting to be shot for this weird Russian fashion magazine. As every model showed up after me, they were quickly dressed and shot, while I sat like a sap on a uncomfortable leather couch in a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wearing itchy makeup and hair extensions that made me look like an androgynous mess.
When my turn finally came, at approximately 10 PM, they literally took three photos of me and then had me sent on my way. To top it off, not only did I not get paid for this job, but I also did not even make it into the editorial. To this day, I still have not seen a picture from that damn job. But I did get some justice, I immediately texted my agent about the ordeal, to which he then gave the clients a good chewing out, destroying them over email for their lack of professionalism and wasting his model's time. That's why you need representation people, to protect you from this shit.
Usually though, jobs are overall fun. I've met many of my modeling friends on jobs while working together. You kinda have to, because if you don't feel comfortable around one another and you are taking pictures together, it's going to show, and it's gonna come out awkward and not genuine in the photos. I always try to get to know the models I'm working with, whether it's a guy or girl, 'cause you can't fake realism.